Cat breeds: the Serengeti cat characteristics and behavior

The Serengeti cat is a muscular cat with long legs; the longest of any other domesticated cat. He is a very tall cat that can jump up to a height of 7 ft.

The Serengeti cat is a muscular cat with long legs; the longest of any other domesticated cat.  He is a very tall cat that can jump up to a height of 7 ft.

Origins

The Serengeti cat is the result of the crossing between a Bengal and an Oriental Shorthair.  This breed was created by Karen Sausman of Kingsmark Cattery in California in 1994.   The program to develop them started in 1995.  This process still continues.  TICA has registered this cat breed and it can be considered a preliminary new breed.

Physical characteristics

The most prominent feature of the Serengeti cat are, of course, the incredibly long legs.  Their long ears make his face look smaller than what it really is.  They are upright and rounded on the top of their head.  These gigantic ears with round eyes give him an ever-alert kind of look.

The coat has a bold-spotted pattern, very much like a leopard cat.  This translucent coat makes them seem to shimmer when seen from far away.

Personality

This cat is friendly and very talkative.  At first, they seem to have a hard time adjusting to a new home but once they grow warm in one place they will stick to you and follow you everywhere.  These are cats that need to be active and they are pretty agile.  They will usually climb to high places in the house and rapidly sprint around the house.

Caring for a Serengeti cat

This cat has the genetic risk of certain diseases, including urinary calculi, or “crystals”.  When taking this cat to the veterinarian, have him recommend the best diet for you particular cat.  Grooming should not be an issue for shorthaired Serengeti cats.  The occasional brushing should be enough.

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